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March 28, 2011
Allison Engineering A new type of TÜV-approved, stainless-steel spray guard (photo) provides effective protection from dangerous spray-outs of fuel oils and other flammable liquids from pipes and...
March 28, 2011
The Ultra-Rack Sump is designed to accommodate up to four 55-gal drums on standard 40- by 48-in. or 48- by 48-in. shipping pallets...
March 23, 2011
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; is deploying to the scene of a fatal accident at Carbide Industries, a producer of calcium carbide products located in Louisville, Kentucky. Two workers were killed and two others were injured on Monday (March 21) evening as a result of a fire and explosion that occurred at the facility. According to emergency responders at the scene of...
March 1, 2011
Chemical protective garments are available in a wide variety of fabrics and designs that provide varying levels of protection for chemical process industries (CPI) workers, who may be exposed to chemicals in the form of vapors, liquids and particles. While other forms of personal protective equipment — such as safety glasses and hard hats — are highly regulated in the U.S. and Canada, the...
February 23, 2011
In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA: Washingtom, D.C.; is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50% from...
February 1, 2011
The pressure testing of process piping and vessels is essential in the chemical process industries (CPI). In liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other cryogenic facilities, residual water left by hydraulic pressure testing could result in operational problems if not completely removed, and complete removal of residual water can be very difficult and time consuming. Pneumatic pressure testing avoids these...
January 28, 2011
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; has released a case study on the 2008 heat-exchanger rupture and ammonia release at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Houston that identifies gaps in facility emergency response training and calls for increased adherence to existing industry codes.   The accident occurred on June 11, 2008, when an overpressure in a heat exchanger led to a violent...
January 1, 2011
Although plant safety should be a top priority every day, there are certain times when extra vigilance is needed to make sure that safety practices are being maintained. This article outlines three periods deemed to be “critical” for plant safety and specific items to pay attention to in these periods.     Three critical periods The following three phases in a production plant’s...
January 1, 2011
History is a constant reminder that accidents and catastrophic events can and do occur in process environments. As processes become more complex (for instance, allowing for greater operating temperatures and pressures to be used) and existing basic process control systems (BPCS) and safety systems age, risk reduction becomes more challenging. Regulations from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Admin...
January 1, 2011
With productivity, growth and reliability as constant drivers, the proactive evaluation of all machinery is critically important. In order to gain useful insight, the maintenance team must capture comprehensive data related to machinery operation and carry out a logical interpretation of the data. The conventional language of equipment components — vibration — transmits relevant information...
December 1, 2010
      MSA     Software now available for bump testing gas detectors As part of the Altair 4X Gas Detector (photo), a new Altair 4 QuickCheck Station software version is available and is currently installed in production units. This version allows the Altair 4 QuickCheck Station to bump test both Altair 4 and Altair 4X Gas Detectors. — MSA, Pittsburgh, Pa.    ...
November 1, 2010
Following the devastating explosion at the Imperial Sugar Co.’s Georgia factory that killed 14 people, injured many more employees and leveled the facility in February 2008, it was determined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA; officials and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; both Washington, D.C.; that the catastrophe could have been prevented had...
November 1, 2010
When tanks are draining, the potential may exist for a swirling vortex to form leading from the liquid surface to any of the bottom-exit or side-exit nozzles connected to downstream piping (Figure 1). One important aspect of the vortex is whether it will entrain air or other gases into the discharge flow. Such vapor entrainment can lead to a host of problems, ranging from vacuum collapse of the supply...
September 1, 2010
Last month, two significant cracks were found in the cornerstones of conventional thinking about how chemicals in the environment make their way into the human body and other living organisms, possibly leading to damaging effects. The timing is particularly apropos, as the first registration deadline of November 30 approaches for the EU’s regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and...
September 1, 2010
As potential threats continue to make headline news around the world, it is clear that the need for security measures is an ongoing process, and that this process requires vigilance. The chemical process industries (CPI) are considered part of the critical infrastructure in the U.S., and as such are regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C.; under the Chemical...
August 30, 2010
A three-member assessment team led by Johnnie Banks from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB, Washington, D.C.; is deploying to the scene of last week's anhydrous ammonia release at the Millard Refrigerated Services, a warehouse and distribution center in Theodore, Ala., 15 miles south of Mobile. According to media reports, more than 130 members of the public sought medical attention and four...
August 4, 2010
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB, Washington, D.C.; has announced that it will be conducting a full investigation into the July 22, 2010, explosion and fire that killed two workers at the Horsehead Holding Co. zinc-recycling facility located in Monaca, Penn. On July 25, the CSB deployed a three-person assessment team to the accident site. Investigators interviewed company...
August 1, 2010
June, Safety, ethics on the horizon, p. 5: As a thoroughly schooled, experienced engineer, I have read the news, watched television and listened to the radio for an engineering explanation of what went on as BP lost control of its oil well. All I have heard is name calling, political comments and threats of punishment. Often I have heard that the scientists failed. Actually it was management that failed...
August 1, 2010
In any given chemical processing facility, there may be literally hundreds of operational environments that require protection from excessive pressure. Both rupture disks and pressure relief valves, or the two used in combination, help protect against damage to equipment and injury to personnel. While the basic technology for either type of mechanism has not changed much in recent years, tweaking the...!_5886.html
July 12, 2010
In a recent statement,  Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairperson and CEO of the  U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB, Washington, D.C.; expressed that he was saddened by news of the death of a Colorado welder on July 8, while performing what is called “hot work” on a storage tank containing flammables at an environmental remediation company in Englewood, Colo. Hot work is defined...
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